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TTBOOK Presents: Kinship

9 EpisodesProduced by To The Best Of Our KnowledgeWebsite

In various cultures around the world, human identity cannot be separated from our nonhuman kin. The landscapes we call home — grasslands and forests, mountains and rocks, rivers and oceans — are shared by nonhuman beings who may be considered relatives. Age-old myths and modern science reinforce the… read more

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Coming Soon: Kinship

March 11th, 2022

2:38

When you think about your neighbors, your friends and family, do you consider the nonhuman relationships in your life? With the birds and trees, the rivers and hills around you?

This idea of "kinship" with our plant …

Eye-To-Eye Animal Encounters

March 18th, 2022

51:51

There's a certain a kind of visual encounter that can be life changing: A cross-species gaze. The experience of looking directly into the eyes of an animal in the wild, and seeing it look back. It happens more often …

Plants As Persons

March 18th, 2022

51:48

Over the past decade, plant scientists have quietly transformed the way we think of trees, forests and plants. They discovered that trees communicate through vast underground networks, that plants learn and remember. If …

When Mountains Are Gods

March 18th, 2022

51:56

If you look at a mountain, you might see a skiing destination, a climbing challenge, or even a source of timber to be logged or ore to be mined. But there was a time when mountains were sacred. In some places, they …

Shapeshifting

March 18th, 2022

51:58

There are old folktales and legends of people who can become animals. Animals who can become people. And there’s a lesson for our own time in those …

Anthropologist Enrique Salmon on 'kincentricity'

March 26th, 2022

38:43

Anthropologist Enrique Salmon formulated the concept of “kincentricity,” a worldview that sees everything around us — plants, animals, rocks, wind — …

Ecologist Suzanne Simard on the internet of trees

April 1st, 2022

42:30

Thirty years ago, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard was a lone voice in the wilderness, arguing that commercial logging practices were destroying the …

Biologist Merlin Sheldrake on the mind-bending world of mushrooms

April 8th, 2022

39:52

The fungal world is mind-bending. Mushrooms may look like plants, but taxonomically, fungi are more closely related to animals. They go inside their …

Ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan on embracing the 'wisdom of the desert'

April 15th, 2022

36:14

Ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan has been called the “father of the local food movement.” For decades he’s campaigned for seed diversity and …

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